The Grand Tour – Land’s End to John O’Groats

Travel Mainland Britain in style, from one end to the other!

Whilst the traditional way to travel from Land’s End to John O’Groats is by bicycle, we prefer a little more relaxed and scenic option! Enjoy the changing scenery from Cornwall, through the Heartland of England, detouring around Snowdonia and North Wales, crossing the wild Highlands and imposing mountains of Scotland and onto John O’Groats on this most famous of journeys.

About this journey

You’ll begin in Cornwall, taking in traditional landscapes and getting that all-important Land’s End Selfie! Travelling through the UK to your next destination; the historic city of Chester, where we’ll branch off and explore some of North Wales’ most incredible scenery.

Onwards to Scotland where you’ll take in the coast-to-coast Kyle Line, dubbed one of the greatest railway journeys in the world. Travel further north and reach John O’Groats, completing an incredible tour across the landscape and culture of Great Britain.

Day 1

Arrive in Falmouth, Cornwall, for 3 nights in the Royal Duchy Hotel. Enjoy a relaxing dinner before your adventure really begins tomorrow!

 

 


Day 2

We’ll travel to Land’s End today, ready to begin our big adventure! You’ll see the beautiful Cape Cornwall en route and end up at the westernmost point of England. We continue on and stop at the quaint little fishing village of Mousehole before returning to Falmouth for dinner.

 


Day 3

Relax and enjoy all that Falmouth has to offer today. From the Fal Estuary to the beaches of Swanpool and Gyllyngvase.


Day 4

We begin our northwards adventure today, from Falmouth station through Cornwall and Devon, be sure to get a glimpse of the sea as we go past Dawlish. It’s onwards and upwards through the English heartland before changing trains at Birmingham New Street Station bound for historic Chester. We’ll spend three nights at the Queen Hotel in Chester.

Day 5

Today we explore some of North Wales’ steam history aborad the Welsh Highland Railway! We cross through into Snowdonia, exploring the forests of Beddgelert and the Aberglaslyn Pass. Enjoy leisure time at Porthmadog and then transfer to the narrow gauge railway at Ffestiniog Railway where you have the perfect opportunity to take in the stunning Blaenau Ffestiniog landscape.

 


Day 6

We’ll travel a short distance by road today, to enjoy a stroll around Llangollen Canal. Cruising across the spectacular World Heritage site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the highest and longest aqueduct in Britain towering 126 feet above the River Dee. You’ll have some free time in Llangollen before travelling along the Dee Valley by heritage diesel train!

 


Day 7

Today you will travel along the West Coast Mainline and cross over into Bonnie Scotland! We’ll transfer onto the Wester Highland Line, which boasts one of the world’s greatest railway journeys. Embrace the waterly landscapes as you peer out onto the Firth of Clyde, Loch Long and the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. We continue on through the Western Highlands to the Bridge of Orchy and spend two nights at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel.

 


Day 8

Today is a day of unforgettable views. Ben Nevis stands imposingly as we travel to Fort William and join the famous Jacobite steam train to Mallaig (especially exciting for any Harry Potter fans!). We travel along the Glenfinnan Viaduct and see Bonnie Prince Charlie’s monument and Loch Shiel. That’s not all, our journey continues as we travel along the stunning golden white sands of the Atlantic coastline and get the chance for a distant view of Rhum and Eigg. You’ll have time to relax in Mallaig and hopefully catch a glimpse across the sea to the Isle of Skye!

 


Day 9

How are your monster spotting skills? You’ll get a chance to test them out today as we travel through the stunning Great Glen and creep past Loch Ness! We’ll spend three nights at the Palace Hotel in Inverness.

 


Day 10

Today we have a real treat in store, you’ll travel along the Kyle Line to the Kyle of Lochalsh, made famous as Sir Michael Palin’s original Great Railway Journey of the World. You’ll travel coast-to-coast through Scotland and emerge in the brooding shadow of Skye’s Cuillin Mountains.

 


Day 11

Our final day is a true coastal adventure through Sutherland and into Caithness where we’ll visit the world-famous John O’Groats, a full 876 miles away from Land’s End and the most North-Easternly inhabited place on Mainland Britain. Settle those nerves with a wee dram at a traditional Highland’s distillery and return to Inverness for dinner and an unwind.

 


Day 12

After breakfast we leave you to make the journey home, reflecting on your incredible tour across Great Britain.

Tour Highlights

  • Falmouth, Cornwall
  • Land’s End and Cape Cornwall
  • Welsh Highland Railway, including Ffestiniog Railway
  • Llangollen Steam Railway with a canal cruise
  • Bridge of Orchy
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct and Jacobite Steam Train
  • The Great Glen and Loch Ness
  • The Kyle Line and Kyle of Lochalsh
  • The Great Glen and Loch Ness tour
  • John O’Groats

Included in your fare

  • Dinner each evening
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Rail travel to and from your home destination (first or second class, both with seat reservations)
  • Tour Manager support

Departure dates 2020

January February March April May June
July August September October November December
15th

Tour Price: From £2,289

Hotel details

Your hotels for this tour will be:

Royal Duchy Hotel, Falmouth
Queen Hotel, Chester
Bridge of Orchy Hotel
Palace Hotel & Spa, Inverness

The facilities include:

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Flat screen TV
  • Tea/Coffee facilities
  • Wifi
  • Stylish bar and restaurant
  • Indoor heated pool (Palace Hotel)
  • Sauna, steam room, and jacuzzi (Palace Hotel)
  • Beauty Salon (Palace Hotel)